When I’m not writing, I’m reading. How’s that possible, you might ask? You do have to do other things to live, right? True, but with audiobooks, I can read while I’m working out, taking a bath, cooking, gardening, cleaning, you name it.
My first brush with the knowledge of my own mortality came with the realization that I’ll never be able to finish reading all the books I own. (That along with the fact that I developed a crush on a brooding hero only to realize he’s MUCH younger, but that’s a story for another day.)
So, lies. Since I lie for a living, making up stories all the time, it’s not a stretch to keep lying to myself, especially about my reading. I call these my ‘reading lies.’
Not that you asked, but here are the reading lies I tell myself to justify my reading, and my questionable book-buying habits:
- I’ll read this chapter and go to sleep.
- I’ll go and just browse at the bookstore/ library/ bookfair.
- I’ll finish reading everything on my shelves before I go buying the next one.
- I’ll come back to this book soon. Right after I read this shiny new one.
- I don’t need a basket at the bookstore.
- I don’t need signed copies of books I already own.
- I won’t download any book samples.
- If I have these books right by my bedside, I’ll finish reading them first.
- I don’t need to make notes as I read. I’ll magically remember it all for my book review.
- I might not ever find this book again for this price.
Reading lies are not that uncommon, I’ve heard. Over time, I’ve come to accept that I’m the sort of reader who likes collecting books, and loves reading books, but there might be a slight lack of overlap between the two. I’m also not a disciplined person when it comes to anything other than my writing. My reading is all over the place, and never enough. It is okay to have reading lies to cover such matters–life is hard enough as it is.
And oh, if you’re the kind who reads character-driven, literary thrillers, my next, THE BLUE MONSOON is on a Goodreads Giveaway right now. Please enter to inflate my count, and make my publisher happy. A happy publisher is good for my well-being, so.
What about you? What are the reading lies you tell yourself? Do you finish everything on your to-be-read list before buying a new book?
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